Andy Murray was narrowly defeated by Fabio Fognini in the second round of the Shanghai Masters. The Scot twice served for the match, but eventually lost 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 6-7 (2-7).
A row between the two players towards the end of the third set overshadowed what had been a high quality encounter. Stretching to put away a volley, Murray was enraged by Fognini deliberately shouting out in an attempt at distraction. The pair argued during the next changeover before Murray dismissed Fognini by telling him to “shut up”.
Arguments aside, Murray played his best match since coming back from hip surgery. Fognini played his usual game, hitting big shots from the baseline and attempting to dictate play. Murray found himself under immense pressure throughout, but responded with spectacular variety and defence.
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The Brit had two opportunities to serve for the match at 5-4 and 6-5 in the deciding set, but was unable to get over the line. Fognini then raced through a one sided tiebreak.
Murray was naturally disappointed at falling short, but will be able to reflect on a successful Asian swing where he progressed from scraping wins at the challenger level, to pushing top 10 players to the limit.
"I'm very disappointed.
"There are a lot of things I need to get better at. I will go away and work on those things and be in a better position when I next play against him.
"I served for the match twice and not won, I think that's the first time that's happened in my career."